Grace, Constance and Violet sent letters back and forth, wanting to know if they had received invitations. Being middle class made them less popular in society. The “ton” was not eager to rub elbows with any of them. Fortunately their fathers were all in business with various peers. There would be something.
The friends were excited to learn they were all going to the Lancaster Ball. It was one of the largest of the season and welcomed the best families, who were allowed to invite their most important associates. Those with enough money and influence to be worth their time.